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Évolution (2015)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 25 November 2016 (USA)
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The only residents of young Nicholas' sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Brebant ... Nicolas
Roxane Duran ... Stella
Julie-Marie Parmentier ... La mère
Mathieu Goldfeld Mathieu Goldfeld ... Victor
Nissim Renard Nissim Renard ... Franck
Pablo-Noé Etienne Pablo-Noé Etienne ... Le 4e garçon
Nathalie Legosles Nathalie Legosles ... Le docteur (as Nathalie Le Gosles)
Chantal Aimée Chantal Aimée
Laura Ballesteros Laura Ballesteros
Eric Batlle Eric Batlle
Mafer Blanco Mafer Blanco
Anna Broock Anna Broock
Celestino Chacon Celestino Chacon
Annie Enganalim Annie Enganalim
Silvia Ferre Silvia Ferre
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Nicolas is a boy living on a remote island set in the future, or another planet - or is it a dream? His village consists of white-painted houses located above the sea with a volcanic rock and black sand coastline, populated by young women and boys all of a similar age to Nicolas. Whilst swimming, Nicolas makes a discovery in the ocean, which is shrugged off by his mother, who, like all the women in the town has tied-back hair, is pale and wears a simple thin beige dress. Nicolas is curious, thinks that he is being lied to and starts to explore his environment, witnessing some unsettling scenes. He then finds himself taken to a hospital-like building where he, along with the others, undergoes a series of medical procedures by the women, dressed as nurses. He is befriended by one nurse, who becomes instrumental in the film's denouement. The film is not easy to categorise; it is not only enigmatic but beautifully filmed with deeply poetic imagery. It reflects the fear of the unknown, ...

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Taglines:

Grow to become something new.

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Belgium | Spain

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evolution See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Lucile Hadzihalilovic based the movie on the experience she had when she was 10 and went to a hospital to get her appendix removed. See more »

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Stella: Shall I tell you a secret?
Nicolas: Yes.
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Some art, very little movie
14 August 2016 | by garcianc2003See all my reviews

Evolution looked interesting in the previews, which left me wanting to see more. Sadly, after watching the movie, I was left feeling like I had walked somewhere but stayed in the same place.

The movie is a very stylistic an artful rendering of some place near the water where children play and their mothers care for them. The strangeness of the place slowly (and I mean slowly) becomes obvious. We soon notice that there are no grown adult males, for instance. There is very little that I can say that will spoil the movie, but I will refrain from going into anything that might be construed as a plot element. Suffice it to say, the movie is about 90% ambiance, with some beautiful shots. The underwater shots contrastingly more beautiful than the starkness and dullness of the village life. There were shots in which I measured a character literally staring at the lens for nearly one minute - and yes, I looked at my watch.

Evolution is, sadly, like riding in a beautiful elevator with some soothing background music playing through ceiling-mounted speakers. We feel like we are enveloped in the ambiance of that moment, staring in the same direction as everyone else. We may or may not notice the music, the ornate trim, or the polished floor. We just want to get to our floor. Or, perhaps, if it takes too long, we may consciously notice what song is playing. Nevertheless, at the end, the doors open and we get out, the elevator not leaving any impression on us. It got us somewhere, but we don't care, we are here where we always thought we would be, no thanks to the elevator. That is Evolution, a mildly satisfying piece of semi-conscious background images and sounds that dumps us at the end of the ride and lets us go on with our lives - we don't know if we liked it, it was beautiful but we are indifferent and only thankful that we did not go crashing, because it could have been worse.

OK, so where was I going before? .... oh yes, here is my floor.


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